October, 2014 - CGBI to promote Baby-friendly Hospitals through new CDC project.
CGBI, in collaboration with Abt Associates, and the Center for Public Health Quality (CPHQ), is central to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) effort to help hospitals become more “baby-friendly,” that is, more supportive of breastfeeding. Read the full press release here!
October, 2014 – UNC Awarded Multi-million Dollar Gift – CGBI to Benefit
The Department of Maternal and Child Health has been awarded a multi-million dollar gift to establish an endowed distinguished professorship. The donation will benefit the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), in addition to the MCH department and the WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health. “The new professorship will enable us to recruit additional world-class expertise as we move forward in addressing inequities in breastfeeding support by strengthening evidence-based programs.”, said Dr. Miriam Labbok, professor of the practice of public health, and director of CGBI.
October, 2014 - Spotlight on Women’s Breastfeeding Experiences After Cesarean Section
The recent issue of the Journal of Human Lactation includes a “Research Spotlight” written by Donna Chapman discussing the recent work of Kristin Tully and Helen Ball. It is entitled, Maternal Perception of Breastfeeding Challenges after Cesarean Delivery. The original article referenced, Maternal Accounts of their Breast-feeding Intent and Early Challenges After Cesarean Childbirth, was published this year in Midwifery.
September, 2014 – New Edition: Stepping Stones in Caring for Our Children
Kathleen Anderson is recognized for her contribution to the development of the latest edition of Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children. A link to this 3rd edition is available on the NRC Kids website (National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education). Great work, Kathleen!
September, 2014 – Upcoming JHL Article
An article by Kristin Tully and Helen Ball has been selected to be featured in the Journal of Human Lactation’s Research Spotlight column. The article, “Maternal accounts for their breast-feeding intent and early challenges after cesarean childbirth” will be highlighted and discussed by Dr. Donna Chapman in the upcoming November 2014 issue. We appreciate Kristin’s contribution to the field of breastfeeding research. Congratulations!
August, 2014 – Supporting Black Breastfeeding Week
August 25th – August 31st, 2014 is Black Breastfeeding Week. Check out the affiliated website to learn more about why we need a specific Black Breastfeeding Week during National Breastfeeding Month, and find local events in your area that you can support. Want to know how your organization can help this movement? Check out this blog on Seven Ways to Support Black Breastfeeding Week.
August, 2014 - Reimbursement Poster presented at USBC Coalitions Conference Building the Case for Medicaid Reimbursement of IBCLCs: A Toolkit for State Coalitions; Houk K., Sullivan C., Chetwynd E., Fogelman A.
This poster presented a toolkit for state coalitions and health departments to advocate for reimbursement for lactation services. The example of North Carolina Medicaid illustrated each step in a coordinated action plan for replication by any state-level insurance advocacy efforts. The action plan calls for state coalitions to conduct an initial review of regional breastfeeding practices and resources, along with state-level rates of breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity. The toolkit for action provides a strong foundation for supporting advocacy efforts for reimbursement of lactation services. Please consider using this for related efforts in your state.
August, 2014 – Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative’s Inaugural “White Coat Ceremony”
The 2014-2015 cohort of the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative are the first to receive professionally embroidered white coats for distinguishing MRT-TI students at the multiple participating clinical sites. The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute gave the students thier white coats in a ceremony on Aug. 15. See the group in their coats on the Gillings School of Public Health’s Facebook Page!
August, 2014 – MCH Students present poster at Breastfeeding Symposium
MCH 712 students Charissa Gray, Elyse Keefe and Kat Patterson, along with CGBI faculty mentor, Catherine Sullivan presented their poster: An Assessment of the Impact of the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative (MRTTI) Upon Alumni Satisfaction and Career Development at the Region VI 2014 Breastfeeding Symposium. The symposium was held Friday, August 8th in Greenville, North Carolina. Featured speakers included MRTTI alumni Dr. April Fogelman, Assistant Professor at NCSU and Hannah Edens, WIC Regional Lactation Training Center Breastfeeding Coordinator. To find out more about the conference visit the Eastern AHEC site: http://eahec.ecu.edu/calendar/cal_nurs.cfm?category=nursing. And Click here to view a PDF of the poster.
August, 2014 – United States Breastfeeding Committee Coalitions Conference
What a delight to share time with breastfeeding advocates from across the nation in Washington D.C. at the USBC Member Meeting and Coalitions Conference! Just about all of us were moved to tears during the passionate closing speech of our esteemed Acting US Surgeon General – Dr. Boris Lushniak. For those of you who missed the conference, please visit USBC’s website for details of the sessions and presenters.
July, 2014 – International Lactation Consulting Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Labbok awarded the 2014 JHL Award for Evidence-Based Leadership in Breastfeeding
CGBI was proud to participate in the ILCA annual conference this time as an exhibitor. It was wonderful to meet so many new faces and share our work with you all. While we were there, we enjoyed the special honor of ILCA awarding Miriam with the 2014 Journal of Human Lactation Award for Evidence-Based Leadership in Breastfeeding. Congratulations, Miriam!
See the Twitter feed from Miriam’s closing plenary at the conference.
July, 2014 - CGBI Recognized as Parter in UNICEF document
The Institute was showcased as one of many partners in new UNICEF document confirming the need for early and exclusive breastfeeding among worldwide populations. View the document here. UNICEF Newborn BF Full Brochure
July, 2014 – Kristin Tully to present “Anthropologies on Breastfeeding”
We are excited to share that our colleague, Kristin Tully, Ph.D., has been accepted to present at the Annual American Anthropological Association Conference in December of 2014. Initiating discussion about breastfeeding among diverse fields of study is crucial, and we thank Kristin for her efforts!
June, 2014 – HHS Office on Women’s Health Launches New Website
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health has announced the launch of a new national online searchable resource which features The University of North Carolina.
The resource, Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions, includes photos and stories of 200 businesses in 29 U.S. states, representing 22 industry sectors.
April, 2014 - Taylor receives 2014 Chipman Alumni Award
Emily C. Taylor, MPH (MCH ’07), IHI-IA, LCCE, CD(DONA) was named recipient of the 2014 Sidney S. Chipman Alumni Award April 10 during the MCH Family Reunion at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Read the full transcript of her acceptance remarks here. Congratulations, Emily!
March, 2014 - CGBI Awarded Planning Grant
CGBI will receive a one-year planning grant of $74,995 from the John Rex Endowment, the agency has announced.The funding will be used to explore prenatal and post-maternity breastfeeding support and care provided for the most vulnerable populations.
Click here for more information and the full announcement from the Gillings School of Global Public Health.
The Nutrition Services Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health is pleased to announce the launch of the Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation initiative.
The Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation recognizes child care facilities that promote, protect and support breastfeeding. A rating system has been developed that awards child care facilities with a gold-starred building block for every two steps achieved in the Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care. These Ten Steps were adopted from the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill .
October, 2013 – Miriam Labbok Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from APHA
Congratulations to USBC member representative Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, on receiving the Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association’s International Health Section. Dr. Labbok is Professor of the Practice of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the School’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute. She accepted the award on November 5 at the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston. The award honors public health visionaries and leaders who have shaped the direction of international health and/or the development of APHA. Dr. Labbok is the first recipient of this award whose career concentration has focused upon breastfeeding and family planning.
August 2013 - World Breastfeeding Week Celebration in Collaboration with NCBC
August 2013 – CGBI is appreciated on the Go NAPP SACC Facebook Page
February 2013 – CGBI is recognized by CDC for its contribution to improving maternity care practices.
February 2013 – Dr. Labbok comments in The Nation’s Health: “Breastfeeding and maternity care have lifelong implications for the mother and child in terms of later chronic disease.”